This Founder’s Pocket Guide helps startup founders learn:
• What a startup valuation is and when you need to start worrying about it.
• Key terms and definitions associated with valuation, such as pre-money, post-money, and dilution.
• How investors view the valuation task, and what their expectations are for early-stage companies.
• How the valuation fits with your target raise amount and resulting founder equity ownership.
• How to do the simple math for calculating valuation percentages.
• How to estimate your company valuation using several accepted methods.• What accounting valuation methods are and why they are not well suited for early-stage startups.
Expanding on these key skills every startup founder should know, this Founder’s Pocket Guide helps you learn how to:
• Build your basic cap table step by step, including founder’s shares, option pools, angel investor rounds, and VC rounds.
• Decipher cap table specific lingo, such as fully-diluted shares outstanding, preferred shares vs. common shares, Series A, Series B, and so on.
• Establish a stock option pool in your cap table and understand the option pool effect on founder dilution.
• Understand the simple math behind cap table formulas and calculations, including calculating fully diluted shares outstanding, investor equity ownership percentages, and share price.
Expanding on these fundraising concepts, this Founder’s Pocket Guide helps startup founders learn:
What a term sheet is and how to summarize the most important deal terms for your fundraising and startup building goals.
How preferred stock shares differ from common shares, with review of how each key preferred share right and preference is tied to the investor’s shares.
Key terms and definitions associated with equity fundraising, such as pre-money valuation, founder dilution, and down round.
How to decipher legalese associated with a term sheet deal, such as pro rata, fully diluted, and pari passu.
The full list of the most common term sheet clauses, their plain English meaning, and their importance to an early-stage investment deal.
Simple math for the key term sheet financial aspects, including calculating fully diluted shares outstanding, investor equity ownership percentages, and the impact of option pools on founder dilution.
Example exit scenarios, showing how term sheet deal points impact how exit proceeds get divided among investors and founders.
The Art of Startup Fundraising takes a fresh look at raising money for startups, with a focus on the changing face of startup finance. New regulations are making the old go-to advice less relevant, as startup money is increasingly moving online. These new waters are all but uncharted—and founders need an accessible guide. This book helps you navigate the online world of startup fundraising with easy-to-follow explanations and expert perspective on the new digital world of finance. You'll find tips and tricks on raising money and investing in startups from early stage to growth stage, and develop a clear strategy based on the new realities surrounding today's startup landscape.
The finance world is in a massive state of flux. Changes are occurring at an increasing pace in all sectors, but few more intensely than the startup sphere. When the paradigm changes, your processes must change with it. This book shows you how startup funding works, with expert coaching toward the new rules on the field.Learn how the JOBS Act impacts the fundraising modelGain insight on startups from early stage to growth stageFind the money you need to get your venture goingCraft your pitch and optimize the strategyBuild momentumIdentify the right investorsAvoid the common mistakes
Don't rely on the "how we did it" tales from superstar startups, as these stories are unique and applied to exceptional scenarios. The game has changed, and playing by the old rules only gets you left behind. Whether you're founding a startup or looking to invest, The Art of Startup Fundraising provides the up-to-the-minute guidance you need.
This guide provides a framework and process to help startup founders answer this common question.
Equity ownership affects the culture and sense of wellbeing of a startup. Founders typically sacrifice a great deal of other life opportunities to work on a startup effort. In exchange for that sacrifice, a founder wants to feel the ownership equation with any co-founders is fair.
In detail, this Founder’s Pocket Guide walks entrepreneurs though the following elements:
• Take The Founder Test to make sure everybody deserves founder status
• Review the case for splitting your founder equity into equal parts
• Use the Equity Split Scorecard as a fair method to allocate more equity to highly skilled cofounders
• Solve common equity problems using founder vesting structures
• Answer common equity split questions like IP and founder-investors
Note that this guide does not go into how to use equity to attract employees or using equity to pay service providers, advisors, development companies, or other contractors. This guide focuses solely on the best practices of deciding the equity ownership split between the founders of a startup venture.